My local garden club organizes a well-run and significant garden tour every two years known as the Chapel Hill Spring Garden Tour. The dates this year are May 3-4, 2014.
Long before I joined the club I had enjoyed discovering hidden garden gems in the Chapel Hill area by participating in this tour. It is instructive to see different garden styles, to see what plants others gardeners nearby are growing, to get ideas for interesting combinations of plants. Of course, it is also pleasant to walk around Chapel Hill in springtime.
In addition to featuring seven private gardens, this year’s tour also includes the North Carolina Botanical Garden (NCBG) and the local university’s community garden. Funds raised from the tour this year will help support the new Children’s Wonder Garden at NCBG. Artists will be painting en plain air in three of the gardens and the North Carolina Opera will give two performances, so the tour weekend will be quite busy and exciting.
If you are interested in seeing a preview of the gardens that will be on the tour, visit the tour website. In the sidebar there is a list titled “Garden Preview” with links to each garden’s photographs and description.
And if you will be in the Chapel Hill area May 3-4, I encourage you to make plans to tour these special gardens.